Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 12/4/20

Economic growth

Duluth News TribuneOur View: Heed hospitality industry’s screams for help

Duluth News TribunePandemic continues to challenge Minnesota businesses

Mankato Free PressManufacturers’ optimism lower, fear of recession higher

Star NewsStormy weather: Annual survey shows COVID-19 still very much on manufacturers’ minds

Star TribuneSmall business needs state help right now

La Crosse TribuneMidwest Economy: November state-by-state glance

Star TribuneManufacturing growth slows but is still robust in Minnesota

KTOEState economist says MN recovery “critically dependent” on path of pandemic

State and local taxes and spending

KNSI: $1 million in grants available for Minnesota tourism organizations hurt by pandemic

KAAL TVWalz announces over $1 million in grants for Minnesota tourism industry

Star TribuneGov. Tim Walz, lawmakers aim for pandemic relief for businesses

KEYCWalz, House Republican Caucus introduce coronavirus relief packages

KIMT3: Walz announces $1 million boost for Minnesota tourism

Bring Me the NewsGov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

Brainerd DispatchGov. Tim Walz announces immediate relief for Minnesota tourism industry

Duluth News TribuneOther View: Do more to buoy Minnesota businesses

Star TribuneMinneapolis wants state to make its U.S. Bank Stadium payment next year

Minn PostMinnesota’s budget forecast projects $641 million surplus

Pioneer Press: Minnesota’s economy recovering faster than expected from impact of pandemic, but uncertainty on horizon

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota budget officials project $641 million surplus, a significant swing from earlier estimates

MPR NewsMinnesota short-term budget picture brightens; long-term deficit remains

Minn PostHow Minnesota went from projecting a surplus to a deficit to a surplus again — over the course of 10 months

Economic development

Duluth News TribuneEnergy Expert’s View: Anti-energy extremists litigating us into environmental catastrophe

InforumA Minnesota town is offering no-cost lots and incentives to attract new residents

Star TribuneConstruction on Enbridge pipeline begins as new lawsuit filed to delay $2.6B project

Duluth News TribunePipeline workers trek to northwest Minnesota following Enbridge approval

Bemidji Pioneer: Letter to the Editor: Let’s put Minnesota to work

Labor market

KROC: Rochester Area Labor Force Has Shrunk by Over 4500 Workers

Twin Cities BusinessDEED Touts 30 Jobs Most In Demand During Covid-19

KROC: Minnesota May Not Recover Lost Jobs For Two Years – Or Longer

Star TribuneNew jobless claims in Minnesota spike amid renewed restrictions


Finance & CommerceAg, forestry ‘integral’ to Minnesota


Red Lake Nation News: Minnesota Exports Down 14% in Third Quarter

John Phelan is an economist at the Center of the American Experiment.